Batwing originally grabbed me because 1) it takes place on the continent of Africa, 2) the lead is Black, and 3) his story was a different take on the Batman idea. Bruce, Dick, Barbara, Jason, Tim, etc. all had tragedy befall them; David Zavimbe’s tragedy was that he perpetrated it. Just typing that punches me in the gut all over again. The gravity of David Zavimbe’s mission of redemption is a wonderful perspective from which to tell a Bat family story. David sought the means to right the wrongs around him, knowing that some of those wrongs bear his fingerprints. That is a character who grabs me.
In truth, I like Luke Fox. I like the light and energy that he brings to the Batwing armor, and to the Bat family (which desperately needed a ripple in the water). Still, the more I think I about it, the more I feel as though we’ve smushed Barbara Gordon’s enthusiasm for crime-fighting with Dick Grayson’s snark and sass, dipped it in brown paint and slapped the armor on it (which happens to be faceless, maybe so that new readers will already be wooed by the time they learn the guy inside is Black).
In sum, I’ll roll with Batwing as long as I’m enjoying the book. If they start dropping the ball, I’ll drop the title. I want to support a book with a Black lead (because according to the Big 2, they don’t sell), but I won’t support a bad book with a Black lead. I think I’m in permanent wait-and-see mode.
PS - Speaking of books with Black leads, shoutout to Valiant’s Shadowman reboot, and Stranger’s Dusu. Gonna be picking those up this week.